Until She Comes Home

Dutton. Jun. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780525953968. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101624326. F
Roy's second psychological crime novel (after the Edgar Award-winning Bent Road) dissects the lives and interactions of the families who reside on Alder Avenue, Detroit, in the 1950s. When a black woman is found dead near the local factory, her murder causes varying degrees of anxiety among the novel's women. Then young, disabled Elizabeth, from their own neighborhood, goes missing and the community mounts a massive search to bring her home. The tale that begins to evolve, through alternating perspectives, paints a dark and desolate picture of the residents of Alder Avenue.
VERDICT Roy skillfully delves into each character's inner state to uncover why the death and disappearance, respectively, of the two women affect each of them so differently. Roy's troubling novel leaves readers guessing until the end. It will appeal strongly to those fascinated by the psychological aspects of violent crimes and the motivations of those who commit them. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/12.]

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